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The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare for Everyone)

by Jennifer Mulherin

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Merchant of Venice is factual information of the historical merchants who traveled in the early 17th century. The author gives us insight to the companies that were formed, and the various voyages that companies invested for profit. After explaining the different aspects of being a merchant and a voyager during these times the historical background is then merged into the play of The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare. The story involves a wealthy woman who is courted by various princes that must choose from three caskets set up by Portia’s father that will determine the outcome of the prince’s courtship. Bassanio is in love with Portia, although he does not have a grand fortune like that of the princes he barrows money from his friend Antonio. Antonio barrows money from someone who despises and lends Antonio based on Antonio giving up a pound of his flesh if the debt is not paid. Bassonio chooses the correct casket and wins Portia’s hand in marriage. Meanwhile Antonio is taken to court by the person who he is in debt to. Portia disguises herself as a man and appears before the court as Antonio’s lawyer. She wins the case and all is restored so that she and her husband can be together and start their new life. ( )
  Mitzi.Galvez | Feb 29, 2012 |
Understand and enjoy Shakespeare with Jennifer Mulherin's lively introductions. Follow the story of each play, get to know the characters, find out about the background, read the quotations and look at the superb pictures.
  rajendran | Jul 23, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 184234059X, Paperback)

This handsomely illustrated series presents Shakespeare in such a lively and accessible manner that students and young readers will find themselves wishing to read all his plays. Readers learn to enjoy these immortal works as they follow the story, get to know the characters, and explore the historical background of each play. Packed with color illustrations and portraits of the main characters, and enhanced with quotations, these are eye-opening introductions for students as well as valuable tools for teachers.

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Discusses the plot, characters, and historical background of the Shakespeare play. Suggested level: secondary.

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